LAHORE - Unveil a new anti-polio plan, Adviser to CM on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said the Punjab government will immunize children travelling from KP to Punjab.

According to handout, he said this, while inaugurating anti-polio campaign in the trains coming from Peshawar to Rawalpindi at Railway Station in Attock Friday. On this occasion, DG Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, DCO Attock Muhammad Iqbal, EDO Health Dr. Musarat, Director Health EPI Dr Munir Ahmed, representatives of WHO, Unicef, Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International were also present. Kh. Salman Rafique said that mobile teams of Punjab Health Department would administer polio drops to the children in all trains coming from Peshawar to Rawalpindi. He said that the basic objective of this campaign is to participate in anti-polio campaign with a national spirit for the eradication of polio from the country.

Later, Kh Salman Rafique also inaugurated container check-post for polio vaccination at GT Road, Khairabad Bridge at Attock. These containers are provided by the Rotary International for setting up polio check-posts. While speaking to the media-men, Kh. Salman Rafique said that such check posts would be established at all the entering points of the Punjab from other provinces. He said that the containers have been installed at near police check-posts so that buses and other vehicles could be stopped with the cooperation of police officials. He said that during the checking of these buses and vehicles by police, the polio teams will administer polio drops to the children travelling in these buses. He also appealed to the public that they should extend cooperation with the Health Department’s polio teams and the administration to prevent their children from permanent disability and for the eradication of polio virus from the country. Kh. Salman Rafique also inaugurated another permanent Container polio check-post established by Rotary International near Pir Wadhaye Bus Terminal for administering polio drops to the children. Kh. Salman Rafique expressed the hope that these steps taken by the Punjab government would help in eradication of polio disease.

Battle against dengue

DCO Dr Ahmed Javed Qazi has said that implementation on dengue regulation would be made ensure at every cost in the Lahore City and no negligence would be tolerated while doing indoor and outdoor activities of eradication of dengue fever.

He expressed these views while addressing a seminar regarding dengue awareness held at Government Boys High School Mazang Adda on Friday. Officers of CDGL were also present over there on this occasion. He further stated that all precautionary measures are being taken in view of dengue virus and CDGL is alert in this connection.

He further stated that anti dengue form is being distributed among more than 160 Government Schools of Lahore city so that every student should be aware of “Dengue Makao” Campaign. The District Coordination Officers also appealed to Ulama to give awareness on cleanliness and anti-dengue measures in Juma Khutba.